AoM for November is Jude Currivan, whose all-encompassing and unified model of the Cosmos reconciles quantum mechanics with ancient wisdom traditions.
Advancing the scientific record, The Cosmic Hologram posits consciousness as being not something we have, but what we and the Universe indeed are.
“A stimulating and deeply inspiring view of the cosmos, consciousness, and the role of human perceptions in shaping what we call ‘reality.’ In the end, an offering of hope that during this Consciousness Revolution we can mould that reality into a compassionate and regenerative future.”
– John Perkins, author and Cofounder of the Pachamama Alliance.
Some three thousand years ago the Vedic sages of ancient India described reality as Indra’s Net; a shimmering net of light, without beginning or end. At each node of its weave and weft sits a shimmering jewel, and these myriad multifaceted jewels reflect and are each reflected by every other in rainbow-hued radiance of ever-changing illumination.
Their perception was that all we call reality is fundamentally unified, exquisitely and dynamically differentiated, and inherently self-reflective at all scales of existence.
The legacy of this profound insight from these ancient ‘gods’, that the separated appearance of the world is not its essential integral nature is now being rediscovered, re-validated and restated in a less poetic but equally majestic and scientifically based language.
Re-membering our legacy
The wisdom of this ancient understanding, whilst retained in the foundations of spiritual traditions and mystical and shamanic experiences, was effectively occluded as the progressive scientific investigations of the sixteenth and following centuries increasingly viewed physical reality solely on its materialistic appearance of separate objects.
The scientific revolution of the twentieth century expanded and replaced these ideas of a Universe of things and absolute space and time with one of interactions of energy fields, quantum probabilities and relativities. This twentieth century scientific revolution though was incomplete. Not only have quantum and relativity theories appeared to be incompatible, but also founded on their view of energy-matter and space-time as fundamental; twentieth century science overlooked the significance of information and the inclusion of consciousness.
The so-called ‘hard’ question posed by philosopher David Chalmers of how ‘immaterial’ mind somehow arises from the ‘material’ brain has continued to be probed, without, until now, any adequate scientific response.
However, as information and consciousness are being increasingly viewed as vital to our understanding of reality, we’re on the threshold – not only of a further scientific revolution, but also of the reconciliation of science with the ancient wisdom that articulated Indra’s Net – the opportunity to re-member not only the legacy of the ‘gods’ but also that we, too are ‘gods’.
Information is real
Despite its appearance of solidity, physicists know when drilling down to sub-atomic scales that matter is extremely ephemeral. Its will-o’-the-wisp nature shows that our Universe is essentially 99.999999999999% no-thingness and where material entities, rather than embodying any solidity, instead are merely excitations within energetic fields.
They also know that, whilst within space and time, no signal can go faster than the speed of light; Bell’s theorem, named after physicist John Stewart Bell shows mathematically that quantum mechanics can only work if the whole Universe is also nonlocally interconnected as a single entity. Such nonlocal and universal coherence has now been experimentally proven in laboratories on macroscopic scales1 and astronomically for distances of at least 600 light years from Earth.2
Given, though, our everyday experiences of the apparent solidity of the physical world and the seeming separations between large-scale objects, such evidence of its true nature and interconnectedness has looked to have little relevance for most of us. This is about to change.
The informational description of any physical object, interaction and process can be formulated as the digitised bits of information in our technologies. Such informational bits, not as random data, but combined as patterned, relational and dynamic in-formation, are now being discovered to comprise the foundation and all-pervasive reality of our Universe. Moreover, mounting evidence is demonstrating that from dynamic in-formational patterns embedded on a holographic boundary and initiated from deeper non-physical realms, our entire Universe arises, exists and evolves as a unified entity.
In 2012, an experiment led by physicists Antoine Bérut and Eric Lutz demonstrated that when a digital bit of information is deleted, physical heat is released in line with theoretical predictions.3
It also validates an initial insight by communications expert Claude Shannon and later expanded on by information theorist Vlatko Vedral,4 that the entropy of a system, previously considered as its level of order and disorder, is better understood as being the measure of its information content.
In proving the links between information and physical concepts of heat, work and entropy, this ground-breaking experiment showed that information is literally real.
Our in-formed and holographic Universe
The patterned in-formation that in-forms all physical reality does so at a fundamental scale that naturally emerges when all the forces of our Universe are combined. This so-called Planck scale for space and time is equivalent to an almost unimaginably tiny length of around 10-35 metres and a time duration of approximately10-44 seconds.
To understand how the Planck scale relates to the informational attributes of physical reality, however, we need to consider a further extreme phenomenon of our Universe; black holes. Studies of black holes show that the information describing their physical properties – their so-called informational entropy – isn’t proportional to their three-dimensional volumes. Instead and acting exactly like a hologram, it varies in relation to their two-dimensional spherical surface areas, or event horizons.
If we imagine the surface areas of such event horizons to be covered in tiny triangles at the Planck scale, every miniscule Planck area stores one digitised bit of information at this minute pixelation of space-time. Extending this insight from black holes to our entire Universe as the so-called holographic principle, this shows that physical reality isn’t just inherently in-formed but holographically manifested.
In bringing together these two profound perceptions of an in-formed and holographic Universe – a cosmic hologram, scientists are beginning to restate and expand the laws of physics as informational algorithms. Just like those that instruct our computers to operate, these fundamental laws are becoming understood as instructing our entire Universe on how to do so.
The latest cosmological evidence strongly points to our Universe being finite; born 13.8 billion years ago, not with a chaotic big bang, but in an exquisitely ordered and finely-tuned Big Breath and as what’s called a ‘closed system’. From these and other discoveries and insights, it’s becoming ever clearer that energy-matter and space-time are phenomena that emerge from, and which are complementary expressions of, such universal information.
By expanding the two laws of thermodynamics (designated by Ludwig Boltzmann in the 19th century to describe the behaviour of gases) as laws of information and recognising that quantum and relativity theories deal respectively with the existence of energy-matter and the evolution of space-time, the resultant laws of information, or infodynamics, naturally reconciles these two pillars of 20th century science.
By doing so, it shows how our Universe exists and evolves as a finite and unified entity, a thought form, within the infinite and eternal mind of the Cosmos.
The cosmic hologram
Scientists across many fields of research and investigations of numerous scales of existence, are increasingly discovering the in-formational signature of the cosmic hologram throughout the physical world.
The ancient understanding that universal geometric relationships underpin all physical phenomena, is also now being validated. Rather than by means of idealised patterns, however, computer analyses of vast amounts of data make it possible to uncover these in-formational and holographic templates as fragmented dimensional and self-similar shapes – termed, ‘fractals’ – that holographically scale up and scale down and as nested holarchies throughout universal phenomena.
They arise from dynamic in-formational basins called ‘attractors’ in the complex plane of so-called phase space, which is being increasingly understood as an actual non-physical domain of reality, rather than merely the mathematical realm on which virtually all fundamental laws of physics are based.
From individual atoms to the scale of vast galactic clusters, examples of such attractor-based, fractally realised patterns abound. On our planetary level, instances of such innate in-formational patterns hitherto investigated range from geology and geophysics (coastlines, topographical features, tectonic plates, river drainage systems, sizes of mountains within ranges); meteorology (clouds, lightning cascades, snowflakes) to chemical processes (corrosion).
Crucially, such evidence is being discovered not just throughout the so-called natural world, but throughout our collective human behaviours, too.
These include movements of stock market prices by the ‘father of fractals’, Benoit Mandelbrot; internet traffic; website links and data routes; email and snail mail; social internet group communications and web browsing and even geographic and time-based usage of mobile phones.
In 2015, astrophysicists Henry Lin and Abraham Loeb at Harvard tracked how by looking at their population densities, respectively of people and stars, cities grow in the same in-formational ways that galaxies form.5
Many researchers are also discovering how dynamic in-formational forms pervade ecosystems and guide and pre-dispose evolutionary processes; seeing too how they’re identical to the in-formational structures of the internet and our complex social behaviours.
Researchers Lewis Richardson in the 1940s and recently Neil Johnson and his team at the University of Miami have even uncovered how the in-formational relationships that link the relative frequencies and destructive powers of earthquakes are the same as those that plot the occurrences and scales of fatalities of human conflicts.
By understanding that all that we call ‘reality’ – not only on the physical realm, but also beyond it – is cosmic, mind exploring and experiencing itself on myriad and multidimensional levels, the cosmic hologram offers an all-encompassing and unified model of the Cosmos.
Its wholeworld-view enables an understanding of all of our experiences to be naturally encompassed within its differentiated unity.
It supports the growing body of scientific research into supernormal phenomena of nonlocal awareness, such as telepathy and remote viewing, and reveals that there’s essentially nothing that’s super-natural or para-normal about them. Instead, experiences of nonlocal awareness, capable of transcending space-time, whilst nonetheless extraordinary, should be seen as arising from our innate abilities.
It explains the profound connections between our thoughts and emotions and our physical bodies.
It provides, too, a natural context for the numerous, anecdotal and progressively validated evidence of out-of-body (OOBs) and near-death experiences (NDEs) that also demonstrate that our individuated consciousness extends beyond our physical bodies and almost surely continues after our deaths.
And it reveals the inner spiritual quests of sages, shamans and seers throughout the ages, and the foundations of all spiritual traditions, as travelling a landscape of paths all leading eventually to the understanding of such unity awareness.
The ancient Sanskrit word, maya, is often translated as meaning illusory and sometimes used to depict the ‘illusion’ of the physical world. Whilst the apparent duality between mind and materiality and the seeming separations of the world are being progressively understood as being indeed illusory, an alternative interpretation of maya is ‘partial’. This perception instead validates our human experiences and the authentic reality of our Universe, yet sets them in a vastly greater context of multidimensional consciousness and a Cosmos that is unified yet wonder-fully differentiated.
In doing so, it empowers us, both personally and collectively, to realise our meaningful and purposeful roles as micro-cosmic co-creators of the existence and evolutionary arc of our Universe.
Inheriting the legacy of the gods
We are at a seminal moment in human history.
When, instead of viewing consciousness as something we have and experiencing it at different levels of self-awareness, we can come to understand that consciousness is what we and the whole world are.
When we can come to realise that mind literally is matter and the perceived duality of our Universe, as ancient wisdom has told us, is merely its appearance and not its fundamental nature.
When we can understand, experience and ultimately embody the unity awareness of the cosmic hologram.
When we can, by re-membering who we really are and knowing rather than hoping that we’re microcosmic co-creators, be empowered to celebrate both our individual uniqueness and collective diversity, and harness our communal wisdom to transform our current global emergency into the emergence of our conscious evolution.
Then we will truly inherit the legacy of the gods.
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Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer and author. She was previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of Reading researching ancient cosmologies. She has travelled to more than 70 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 6 books, the latest The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation, she is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders Circle and lives in Wiltshire, England.